YA Books By Authors of Color That You Should Read

In light of everything going on in our world right now, I wasn’t sure if I should still be continuing to post on the blog. Everything I could potentially and usually write about just seems so small compared to pandemic and protests in the street over racism and police brutality. But I also don’t want to sit here and NOT say anything either. I have 5000 followers of this blog – I have to utilize that somehow. I posted yesterday about ways to help the cause and how I’m feeling and all of that. You can read that here.

But I wanted to share a list of books by people of color – of all different colors – that I think you guys should read. Some of them directly talk about color and are full stories of that culture and some of them are just great books written by people of color. Some of them have amazing main characters with people of color. Its been shown again and again that reading makes me more empathetic, more tolerant and more capable of acceptance. Maybe if we read more people of color, it would help, even just a little bit.

These are all books that I have read. I know that I too can get better at reading more people of color. Make sure to do your research and find more books by authors of color!

Click the book covers and it’ll take you to the GoodReads page so you can find out more!

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L Sanchez 

Slay by Brittney Morris

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera 

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Opposite of Always by Justin A Reynolds

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hen Wing

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

Warcross by Marie Lu

American Panda by Gloria Chao

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


What are some of your favorite books written by authors of color? Please please share them so that I can add them to my TBR!


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